LAID BARE Brutal underground world of British naked-knuckle boxing found out in dramatic pictures from Manchester fights
The exquisite photographs deliver an perception into the bloodthirsty recreation wherein fights are often led to brutal knockouts.
Photos display a chain of bloody showdowns from the Ultimate Bare-Knuckle (UBKB) occasion in Manchester on Saturday.
Organizers of bare-knuckle boxing insist the fights are above board and legal.
The British Boxing Board of Control, which regulates certified boxing, believes it is running in a gray place.
The board’s widespread secretary, Rob Smith, has said previously: “It is a cloudy vicinity, but I do consider it’s miles unlawful.
“Police deal with it as a public order count number and prevent it.
“It is loopy, there’s an inherent chance in certified boxing and us paintings very hard to make certain it’s miles as safe as viable.”
But those concerned in the game say it’s a felony so long as the local authority has given permission and protection measures are in place.
Bosses count on to look it comes to be a mainstream game within years, mimicking the upward thrust of Mixed Martial Arts’s upward push from the underground to a high-time TV sport.
Bare-knuckle occasions encompass three-minute rounds, although they rarely move the space.
Those competing can handiest punch and bouts are frequently stopped with the aid of the fighter’s support group throwing inside the towel, or the referee recognizing it’s far an unfair contest.
There had been 15 contests on the cardboard, containing warring parties who could be prevented in their first combat, and ones who had fought loads of times.
Fights consisted of three -minute rounds with a 20-2d assume any knockdown.
Some 30 took to the ring with returning fighters Joe Clarke, John Spencer and Will Cairns all strolling away with belts after winning their respective identify battles.
Will Cairns’ name combat with Duane ‘The Wrecking Machine’ Keen was touted as the main event of the night, but Cairns, from Stockport, saw off his competition and instructed enthusiasts as he took his prize: “These aren’t any Micky Mouse Belts.”
Earlier within the night time, Lucas Marshall received his dance with Tadas Ruzga in what became the tightest fit of the night.
UBKB is owned and run with the aid of Shaun and Amanda Smith, with Shaun from time to time better referred to as the “UK’s Scariest Debt Collector”.
Enthusiasts are hoping to shake off the sport’s brawler photo via moving to set up, mainstream venues.
Fans of the game – for which pinnacle fighters can earn as much as £50,000 about – insist it’s felony supplied permission is given with the aid of the neighborhood authority and safety measures are in the region.
But the British Boxing Board of Control, which regulates licensed boxing, believes it’s a grey location.